In Somalia it is a well known fact that if it is discovered that you have converted from Islam to Christianity is just as good as a death sentence. According to Open Doors UK, one underground believer, Ahmed, states, “We know that anyone who is suspected of being a Christian will be tortured or even killed, so we pray secretly. We have prayed in Muslim prayer rooms – sometimes at night and sometimes during the day. But despite our precautions many of our friends have been killed. We now live in fear.”
Open Doors also learned about the story of a Muslim background believer that first heard the gospel in 1999. He told his family about becoming a follower of Jesus and his family locked him in a dark room for thirteen days without food. He was released after his mother pleaded with his father. He became a secret believer and goes to the mosque now and prays to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. He is one of sixteen secret believers that meet there.
This desire for secrecy and not openly declaring your faith carries over even to refugees in Canada and the United States. There is a great spirit of fear that Satan puts on Somali Christians. I plead with you to pray for Somalis both Muslims and those who believe in Jesus as their Lord. Ask God to set them from from this spirit of fear.